THE DEAN F. FAILEY GRANT

The Decorative Arts Trust underwrites grants in support of noteworthy research, exhibition, publication, and object-based conservation projects through the Dean F. Failey Fund, named in honor of the Trust’s late Governor. Areas of interest include new scholarship in decorative arts, material culture, craftsmanship, and historic preservation. Grants are awarded on an annual basis at the discretion of the Trust’s Board of Governors. For 2020, the Trust will award Failey Grants up to $10,000. Organizations wishing to apply for consideration must submit a letter of inquiry by October 31 to thetrust@decorativeartstrust.org. Grant funds will be available as early as the subsequent January 1. The letter must describe the nature of the project and its impact on the field, and include CV’s for the project’s lead curator, author, or researcher as well as a project budget and timeline. Preference will be given to projects that employ or are led by young professionals in the museum field. The Trust also aims to support colleagues and projects that represent the full diversity of our field.

Past recipients of the Dean F. Failey Grant are:

  • 2019: Exhibition, Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, NY
  • 2019: Digital Furniture Workshop, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE
  • 2018: Exhibition, Furniture Study Galleries, Yale University Art Gallery, Fall 2019
  • 2017: Publication, Elias Pelletreau,Silversmith, Patriot, and Entrepreneur, Fall 2018
  • 2016: Exhibition, Elias Pelletreau, Long Island’s Paul Revere, Long Island Museum of American Art, Fall 2018

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